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Poster: dooglar64 Date: Mar 31, 2011 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Quintessential Jerry

So I'm a fan of any era, and wanted to see what you can provide in the way of those super inspired Jerry solos. I totally dig looking at the band from the perspective of a BAND, the incredible intertwining strands of creativity, weaving a tapestry of chaos, beauty... etc. But i have in my mind 2 EXEMPLARY jerry solos that are so well defined and top any version ive heard. It just goes to show how great he was within his own gourd, that though he's being driven by the band, he really rises above and shines his light.

The first one being 'They Love Each Other' from 11-9-79. Its just so perfect and uniquely defined, that its pretty much anything else lets me down.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-11-09.sbd.stern.tetzeli.fix-318.34936.reflac.flac16

the other would be a bertha from 8-6-71. The first time i heard this i almost lost control of my vehicle... it was spellbinding and i had to hear it 2 or 3 more times before moving on.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-08-06.aud.bertrando.yerys.129.sbeok.shnf

you guys have anything similar in your back pocket?

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Poster: barongsong Date: Apr 1, 2011 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

After hearing this http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-08-28.sbd-patched.painoman.9572.sbeok.shnf Wheel my expectations of the song were so high it took me along time before I could reconcile that I'd never hear it live like that again and to just enjoy it as it came.

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Mar 31, 2011 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

i find it interesting you chose berta from 8/6/71. not in a bad way, i was just assuming it would be Hard to Handle. thats what comes to mind for me when i think of jerry's top-notch solos. however, it seems as if EVERY solo he takes that night is top-notch (cumberland, mr. charlie, truckin', loser, lovelight). definitely one of the best shows of all-time in my opinion.

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Poster: dooglar64 Date: Mar 31, 2011 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

haha... TRUE. i was thinking of that as i listened through the show again. But for me the bertha solo is so succinct and the thing that i love about both examples i gave is that RIGHT of the gate, they are already so fully formed and well defined.

but yea, youre right... that hard to handle solo is the bees knees

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Apr 1, 2011 1:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

ok, the two that came to me just off the top of my head (and realize i'm overlooking a ton of stuff here; this is just what i'm thinking of at the moment) are:

A.) 5/31/69 He Was A Friend of Mine - this is easily the best, most emotional Friend of Mine i've ever heard. all three Jerry solos are have a ton of mournful passion and creativity, but Jerry's final solo is so full of powerful, quiet beauty that it has nearly brought me to tears.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-05-31.sbd.oleynick.76.sbeok.shnf

B.) 12/6/73 Here Comes Sunshine - Jerry's solos are some of the bluesiest, most memorable and inspired i have ever heard. starting around the 8:00 mark this jam just takes off into the stratosphere and doesn't look back.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-12-06.sbd.miller.105560.flac16





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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Mar 31, 2011 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

the emotion conveyed in the solo to this To Lay Me down clearly shows why so many people are still talking about Jerry imo. I'd go for the audience version to really get the feel for how he could project and play with his tone

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-07-31.degen.weiner.gdADT.7363.sbeok.shnf


http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-31.sbd.miller.32353.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: dooglar Date: Mar 31, 2011 1:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

awesome suggestion... really dig those short steccato notes! and of course, wouldnt be as sweet, or quintessentially jerry without a little flub :)

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Mar 31, 2011 8:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

jots, that was super, so sweet. thnx.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Mar 31, 2011 5:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

"Quintessential Jerry "

"2 EXEMPLARY Jerry solos"

4/10//1982 Cap. Theater Passaic, NJ Early

4/10/1982 Cap. Theater Passaic, NJ Late

This post was modified by user unknown on 2011-04-01 00:30:40

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Mar 31, 2011 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

How about the "Don't Let Go" from here:

http://tela.sugarmegs.org/_asxtela/jgb1977-11-27.asx

Really there's too many to choose from; there are literally thousands of amazing Jerry solos.

For that matter, rewind a bit here for the Catfish John also ... I love the sound of this one.

Having recently announced that JGB 1977 is too "sweet," I'm officially taking it back ... have been working my way through '77 and it's full of loveliness.

This post was modified by ringolevio on 2011-04-01 01:58:21

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Mar 31, 2011 6:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

Comes a Time from this show

http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-07-17.menke.minches.18389.sbeok.shnf

has an exquisite solo following the first verses, and concludes with a wonderful long jam. 'Singing with a guitar' is fine way to phrase it. Note the crowd reaction after the first solo.

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Mar 31, 2011 11:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

The entire Simple Twist of Fate by Jerry Garcia Band from 3/1/1980 absolutely blows me away, especially both Jerry solos..they are completely spellbinding. I played this for my girlfriend, who doesn't even really listen to the Dead and is a classically trained musician, and she was amazed by his playing on this as well. We both described it as singing with a guitar. It's beautiful...the youtube is in two parts but the sugarmegs one you will have to listen to a lot before you get to it so give the youtube a shot first.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbXg3ZuJ7-k

http://tela.sugarmegs.org/_asxtela/jgb1980-03-01e.asx

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Apr 1, 2011 1:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

oh thanks SO MUCH for sharing that...i need to hear more JGB!!

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 31, 2011 3:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintessential Jerry

Thanks, that Jerry Garcia Band really hit the spot. Sometimes I don't listen to enough of them, and I absolutely love this song - Simple Twist of Fate. I have the Pure Jerry release, from Sept 89 Merriweather Pavillion and it has a brilliant version I sometimes listen to that song multiple times in a row in the car.